There is constitutional anarchy in Bengal, says Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar
Speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2022, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said democracy is strained as never before in the state.
“We are virtually having constitutional anarchy,” Governor Dhankhar said.
Launching an attack on the Trinamool Congress-ruled state government, Jagdeep Dhankhar said, “West Bengal is sitting on a volcano. West Bengal is a critical state. In West Bengal, we have no democracy.”
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar spoke on the issues of the syndicate mafia as well as the post-poll violence that had erupted in the state following the declaration of 2021 state assembly election results.
Governor Dhankhar said, “The crime in the form of extortion by syndicate mafia operations is going unabated since 2018, if not earlier.”
“Syndicates have a stranglehold on businesses,” Governor Dhankhar said quoting the High Court.
Talking about the post-poll violence, Governor Dhankhar also attacked the state government and said, “On post-poll violence, a committee constituted by HC said, ‘situation in Bengal is a manifestation of the law of the ruler’.”
Calling the post-poll violence in Bengal “unprecedented”, Jagdeep Dhankhar asked, “Can you withstand rape, murder, arson, loot and punish people for voting according to their conscience? How can that be done? Judicial orders are ignored and an easy passage is given.”
“I visited the entire state from 13th to 15th May. What I saw was girls’ tears not stopping because they were raped, saw houses that were looted, saw the places where there were arson,” Governor Dhankhar said.
Hitting out at CM Mamata Banerjee, Governor Dhankhar said, “Here is a scenario where democracy is virtually breathing its last, here is a scenario which has all the elements of a police state.”
Governor Dhankhar also alleged “constitutional transgression” on the part of CM Mamata Banerjee.
However, the West Bengal Governor added, “I believe in persuasion and I hope she (CM Mamata Banerjee) listens to it. I know I have to work in tandem with the government. I am not a stakeholder in politics. I am a stakeholder only in (ensuring) that the governance must be in accordance with constitutional law. I only take command from the Constitution.”
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